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On 6/20/2014, President Obama initiated a nationwide "Pollinator Health Task Force" that is dedicated to combating the severe losses sustained by honey bees and other major pollinators. In a Presidential Memorandum released by the Office of the Press Secretary, the President calls on the EPA to reassess the use of dangerous pesticides with a focus on their affect on pollinators. Tell the EPA to take this presidential mandate seriously and ban the use of deadly pesticides!
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It's long been known that Earth's honey bee population is decreasing at an alarming rate. The fact is, much of our natural ecosystem depends on the processes involved with bee pollination, and if this pollination cannot happen, many of our crops — from broccoli to strawberries — will be in grave peril.

In fact, honey bee deaths are reaching a critical point, whereby it may not be possible to reverse the damage. The good news is that much of the population decline can be attributed to reversible human actions, including the use of neonicotinoids, insecticides chemically related to nicotine that cause honeybees, bumblebees, and beneficial ladybugs to literally drop dead.

We can afford insects eating our plant life; but we simply cannot afford a decimation of the honey bee. Write to the EPA asking that these immensely harmful pesticides are outlawed.

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Dear Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe:

If we don't act now to save Earth's honey bee population, we could reach a critical point of no return. You see, the planet's honey bees have been in steady decline for several years now — climate change, parasites, habitat loss are all contributors. Some of these issues are going to be difficult to tackle, but there's one catalyst that humans can act on right now.

Bees are dying in large numbers as a result of the use of certain neonicotinoids to treat our crops over the past decade. Previously thought to be non-toxic to these precious pollinators, more recent peer-reviewed studies have linked the proliferation of neonicotinoids to a decrease in queen production and an increase in "disappeared" bees, the ones that never return to the hive from their foraging trips.

While insect pests are detrimental to our crops, the loss of our honey bees would be catastrophic. We can handle some less-than-ideal produce. But we can't handle a total decimation of our food supply as a result of lack of bee pollination.

You have the power to save our nation's food supply. Don't let this opportunity slip away: outlaw the use of the neonicotinoids killing our honey bees.

Petition Signatures

Sep 15, 2014 CAROL KOTCHER
Sep 15, 2014 sara small
Sep 15, 2014 Sally Sandine
Sep 15, 2014 Julie Hoffman
Sep 15, 2014 Julie Lambilliotte
Sep 14, 2014 ainsley devlin
Sep 14, 2014 Ann Appleton
Sep 14, 2014 (Name not displayed) WE NEED BEES PLEASE HELP SAVE THE PLANET
Sep 14, 2014 Carissa Upton
Sep 13, 2014 Sarah Lyons Please utilize the precautionary principle and protect the ecosystems that we all rely upon. Ban harmful agricultural practices that kill honeybees!
Sep 11, 2014 shannon snider We need BEE s!!!!!! HELO!!!!
Sep 11, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please discontinue the use of these harsh chemicals on our soil and crops . I fear for my children's future safety and for many others future in the US. These chemicals are contributing to many of our issues here in the US . No more Chemicals
Sep 11, 2014 Camelot Nesteruk
Sep 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 11, 2014 Regina Sloan
Sep 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 11, 2014 Sharon Eller Please save our bees and our food supply.
Sep 11, 2014 Bonnie Ocke Please ban deadly pesticides that are killing our honey bees!
Sep 11, 2014 Birgit Bächle
Sep 10, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 10, 2014 Julie Gordon
Sep 10, 2014 Kerry Mahoney We cannot survive without bees! Stop the toxic pesticides! I would rather battle mosquitoes than lose bees.....
Sep 10, 2014 Krystal Ojeda
Sep 10, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 10, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 10, 2014 tara scaglione
Sep 10, 2014 Caroline Maurinier
Sep 10, 2014 debra hogge WE NEED BEES!
Sep 10, 2014 S Williams The Bees pollinate our crops. Hello!
Sep 10, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 10, 2014 Danica Bihlmaier
Sep 10, 2014 Robin Ferguson
Sep 10, 2014 Fiona Pereira
Sep 10, 2014 Cristina Alves
Sep 10, 2014 sandra pavisic If we save the bees will save the human race.
Sep 10, 2014 brandy harding
Sep 10, 2014 Cynthia Connelly Without normal pollination we are doomed!
Sep 10, 2014 Deb Thatcher
Sep 10, 2014 Lorie Ramos I care !
Sep 10, 2014 Rene Johnston
Sep 10, 2014 Kathy Marston Stop killing the bees
Sep 10, 2014 Francisco Javier Sánchez
Sep 9, 2014 cheri wright Ban the deadly pesticides:-(
Sep 9, 2014 jo campbell
Sep 9, 2014 Roz Warren Please do whatever to protect our bees!!!!!
Sep 9, 2014 Kerry Marshall save the bees!
Sep 9, 2014 Sheryl Huebinger
Sep 9, 2014 Russell workman Yes we need to ban what's killing bees
Sep 9, 2014 Dianne Hall We have to start paying attention to what we are doing to the creatures that we live with or mankind may find themselves starving to death.

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